Modern History enhances learner's curiosity and imagination, and their appreciation of larger themes, individuals, movements, events and ideas that have shaped the contemporary world. The themes that run through the course include:

  • modern democratic and totalitarian political systems;
  • national and global conflicts and their resolution;
  • nationalism and its consequences;
  • the transformation of social, political and economic life;
  • the regional shifts in power;
  • international terrorism and globalisation;
  • and the changing nature and influence of ideologies.

This Library pathfinder will help you locate the resources you will find particularly useful when commencing your studies in this area. Here is the best place to find books, information about databases and a guide to appropriate websites.

Referencing advice: The TASC  and your teachers at St Patrick's College expect you to present your work with citations and a reference list in the Harvard format. Go to the Library's Referencing Guidelines for extended help in this area. The Library staff are always happy to help you with any queries you may have in regard to referencing requirements for any research you are undertaking.

Independent studies (IPs): When undertaking any independent study, research or book review you must allow yourself enough time to search for and locate the material you will need. To help you a booking sheet is kept at the Library desk where you may book an individual time with one of the Library staff when commencing any research for Modern History.

Faculty Resources: All material purchased for the teachers of modern history is also available for student use if it is not required by the teachers. The resources are kept in the Library and can be found using the Library catalogue.